How to improve your golf game with pilates

If you’re looking to improve your golf game, pilates can help you to build core stability, develop better balance, flexibility and mental focus. Golf pros including Tiger Woods, David Duval and Annika Sörenstam all incorporate pilates into their regular training regimes.

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Playing golf at the Legend, Belle Mare Plage

Guest blogger, Nicole Bausch – registered physiotherapist, MCSP, certified pilates instructor and golf enthusiast – gives an insight into using pilates to improve your game.

Pilates is the ideal partner for all golfers looking to improve their performance and stay healthy on the greens.

Over the last century the golf swing has changed and a modern swing requires a wide shoulder turn while restricting turn in the hips, building torque in the muscles of the lower back and shoulders. Any physical restrictions that impact on ability to swing the club efficiently will limit your ability to improve your game.

Golf and Pilates share the same basic principles, both requiring flexibility and strength.

Golf at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lemuria

Pilates can help to:

  • increase flexibility of the hips to allow the rotation of the trunk over the hips in the backswing and the follow-through
  • increase flexibility in the upper back to allow the torso to rotate over a fixed, stable lower body
  • build strength in the posterior hip muscles to provide a stable lower body for the trunk to rotate over in the backswing, and to allow a firm lead side for the golfer to hit against in the follow-through
  • build strength of the deep abdominal and core stabilising muscles to stabilise the spine and dissipate the forces that are generated during the swing, as well as helping the golfer maintain the posture during the swing to help them keep the swing on the correct plane
  • build strength in the muscles that stabilise the shoulder girdle, which includes the shoulder joint itself and the shoulder blades. This will allow the golfer to keep the arms connected to the trunk, which allows efficient transfer of energy from the body to the arms and ultimately to the club head.

Right to the core
Having a strong core allows a golfer to achieve better positioning over the ball, giving an improved swing. When the golfer emphasises initiating from the core through peripheral limbs, power is generated from the ground up, which leads to an increase in club head speed so the golfer will drive the ball further.

Beach at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Combine a luxury holiday with playing golf

Preventing injury
Pilates is not only beneficial for golfers who want to improve their performance, it is also effective in reducing the risk of injuries. Lower back pain is the most common complaint followed by elbow and shoulder injuries.

Lower back pain can occur as a result of the increased rotation and extension in the modern golf swing. Pilates can help increase the range of motion in the trunk and hips, to decrease the incidence of golf related low back pain. Pilates can also help to enhance core stability and strength to decrease the risk of fatigue.

Preparation
Warming up before golfing has been shown to decrease the incidence of golf injuries. Pilates exercises and stretching can be integrated before hitting the green.

Golfer’s tonic at Constance Hotels

After a few rounds on the green at Constance hotels, treat yourself to a wonderful massage. Our Golfer’s Tonic is a stimulating massage which aids in relaxing and preparing muscles, preventing injuries, improving suppleness and reducing the risk of inflammation before and after golf. Find out more about the golfer’s tonic massage.

Playing golf at Constance

We have 3 18-hole championship golf courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Le Prince Maurice and Lemuria.

Find out more about golf at Constance Hotels Experience.
Our guest blogger, Nicole Bausch teaches Pilates at the Natural Fitness Centre, Eastbourne, UK.

Chilled mango soup with ginger ice cream

Deliciously summery, the mango and ginger work perfectly in this recipe from the kitchens at Constance Halaveli.

Chilled mango soup, Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Chilled mango soup

For chilled mango soup

  • Mango 4kg
  • Sugar syrup  (30% sugar 70% water) 75ml

For ginger ice cream

  • Single cream 125ml
  • Milk 250ml
  • Caster sugar 100g
  • Tremoline 75g
  • Fresh ginger, cut into very small pieces 50g

Mango soup

1. Peel the mangoes, cut into cubes and blend. Then mix with the syrup.
2. Keep refrigerated.

Ginger ice cream

1. Heat the fresh cream, milk, sugar, ginger and Tremoline.
2. Strain, and let it cool.
3. Then blend and freeze.

 

Wine recommendation from our sommelier at Halaveli

Gewurztraminer Frontholz Sgn (France) Fresh and floral, this wine has a harmonious and balanced personality, with aromas of candied citrus peel, mango, apricot, rose petal and smoked tea. This wine is soft and seductive.

Find out more about Constance Halaveli Resort on our website.

Eco kids at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Mauritius is an ideal family holiday destination, and at Constance Belle Mare Plage our exciting new eco kids programme gives your children the chance to appreciate what this unique island has to offer.

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Family holidays at Constance Belle Mare Plage

KaKoo Club, our free all-day kids club, is a haven for younger visitors where your children will make new friends and build adventures of their own.

We offer excursions to the botanical garden, bird park and lion park. We’ll introduce your children to the underwater world with trips on our glass bottom boat and underwater sea-walks – helping to create some very special holiday memories for them.

Back at Kakoo camp, your children can capture these memories through painting, crafts and games. You can be sure they’ll have plenty to talk about when you rendezvous at the end of the day, and will regale you with endless bed time stories about their adventures.

Constance Belle Mare Plage walks the line perfectly between larger family resort, and an indulgent grown-up space that offers you the total resort experience for all ages.

Find out more on the Constance Belle Mare Plage website.

Enjoying Ramadan at Constance Halaveli

At Constance Halaveli, we’re celebrating Ramadan with a special tea and shisha promotion at our beautiful Jahaz Bar.

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

On the beach at Halaveli

Tea time

Indulge in an unforgettable afternoon tea experience, with fresh teas and baklava. The teas we offer include:

  • Earl Grey
  • Chamomile flowers
  • Cinnamon spice
  • Pure Peppermint
  • Green

 

Shisha pleasures

One of the pleasures of Ramadan is to spend a relaxing evening in convivial company enjoying a Shisha of your favourite flavour.

Jahaz Bar, Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Jahaz Bar

  • Apple
  • Double Apple
  • Mint
  • Mint and Grape
  • Grape
  • Cinnamon
  • Strawberry
Find out more about Constance Halaveli

A taste of Britain at Constance Halaveli

To celebrate the London Olympic Games,  we’ve brought a taste of Great Britain to Constance Halaveli this summer.

Afternoon tea at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Afternoon tea

Come share our excitement at Jahaz Bar, enjoy some traditional British fare and watch the games on TV.

English afternoon tea

Choose from a selection of sweet treats

  • Citrus scented tea cake
  • Pascal’s signature macaroon
  • Pate du fruits
  • Ivory & passion fruit ganache, jivara panacotta
  • Viennese shortbread cookie
  • Tropical fruits

Scones

  • Plain and sultana scones
  • Whipped butter and preserves
  • Butterfly Cakes

Savouries

Tea-style sandwiches:

Cucumber sandwiches at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Cucumber sandwiches

  • Cucumber, smoked Ssalmon & dill crème mini bagel
  • Egg salad on wholemeal
  • Roast chicken & seeded mustard mayo on mini focaccia

 Jahaz Bar Pimms Promotion

Nothing beats a glass of Pimm’s on a summer’s day. Available all day at Jahaz Bar, Pool and Beach.

Strawberries and cream

No sports event would be complete without strawberries and cream. Get in the spirit of English summertime with this traditional treat.

Tea tasting

Come join us for a Tea Tasting at Jahaz Bar. We’ll give you the history behind a selection of teas, and you can you can also touch, smell, taste and see the unbrewed teas.

Traditional British dishes

 

We’ll be serving traditional British dishes, with a different one to choose from each week day. Available until the closing ceremony on 12 August 2012.

Butter Chicken Garlic Naan and Riata

Butter Chicken Garlic Naan and Riata

  • Breaded Snapper Hand Cut Chips & Mushy Peas
  • Butter Chicken Garlic Naan & Riata
  • Steak & Vintage Cheddar Pie
  • Beans & Eggs on a 5 Grain Toast
  • One Pan Full English Breakfast
  • Sunday Roast

 

What’s on your holiday wish list?

If you’re counting down the days to your next Constance holiday, take a look at our online shop where you can book your luxury experiences before you travel.

Diving and snorkelling at Constance Hotels Experience

Diving and snorkelling excursions

Choose from indulgent spa treatments, golf lessons with a pro and unforgettable romantic dinners, plus many more.

And if you have family or friends who will be staying with us, why not give them a gift they’ll remember forever.

These unique experiences make a wonderful present for honeymooners and anyone celebrating a special anniversary.

Visit our Constance online shop to find out more.